By Ali G. Macabalang
COTABATO CITY – The Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has hired 148 midwives and seven (7) physicians to serve communities in Lanao del Sur including this city that have no midwives and doctors.
Dr. Bashary Latiph, BARMM’s newly installed health minister, administered the oath-taking rites for the new recruits on May 21 in Marawi City, with Lanao del Sur Integrated Provincial Health Officer Alinader Minalang and City Health Officer Ali Dalidig in attendance, the BARMM’s Bangsamoro Information Office (BIO) said.
The event was also attended by Lanao del Sur’s interim Parliaments member-representatives Marjanie Macasalong and Mohammad Bato alongside BARMM Deputy Chief Minister Ali Solaiman, the BIO said.
The 148 midwives were hired under the Midwife in Every Community in BARMM (MECBA) project, while the doctors were employed under the Doctors to the Barrios (DTTB) program. The government has established both programs to ensure presence of basic health services in villages or communities without midwives and doctors.
“I’m very confident and have the highest faith that you will deliver your responsibilities as midwives and doctors with minimal supervision,” Minister Latiph was quoted as telling the new recruits after their oath-taking.
“Napakahirap ng pinagdadaanan nating mga doctors, nurses, midwives, and other alike medical professions. Kayo ang isa mga sa inaasahan namin to address the health problems at this time of pandemic,” Latiph added.
Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim has issued a statement, congratulating and urging the new recruits to become “living ambassadors of our sealed vision for stable health care in the (Bangsamoro) region.”
Of the 148 new midwives, 25 will be deployed to the Marawi City Health Office while the remaining 123 will be fielded to the different Rural Health Units of Lanao del Sur, the BIO statement said.
All seven recruit-physicians, on the other hand, will be assigned to “doctorless” municipalities in Lanao del Sur, which has 39 towns.
The recruitment and deployment of 148 new midwives for Lanao del Sur, followed an earlier hiring and assignment of 170 counterparts for Maguindanao under the MECBA, the BIO statement hinted.
Under the MECBA, the regional government through the MoH has been committed to hire and deploy 600 midwives across the autonomous region, which has five provinces, three cities, 118 towns and 2,590 barangays.
Forthcoming recruitment will involve the MECBA’s remaining 282 midwife-slots will cater to the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, it was learned. AGM